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Suicide car bombings ripped through a Syrian government base in the southern city of Daraa, killing at least 20 soldiers in the latest in a series of explosions targeting regime forces and symbols of state security across the country.
The explosions were followed by clashes between regime forces and rebels fighting to topple president Bashar Assad, activists said.
"I heard two very loud explosions and a third smaller one followed by bursts of gunfire," said Mohammad Abu Houran, an activist in Daraa. He said the first two were likely to have been car bombs and the third a mortar shell or rocket-propelled grenade.
Syrian state television is reporting that there was "news of casualties among civilians and big material damage in the two places" and does not mention a military target in today's car bomb attacks in Deraa.
State TV reports say that the two car bombs, which activists claim killed dozens of Syrian soldiers in a military camp, went off at separate locations in the city and gave no further details.
The deaths of dozens of Syrian security men in apparent double suicide car bomb attacks were caused by the explosion on the second vehicle, an opposition watchdog said.
The first car drove into a military camp in Deraa and exploded, followed by the second vehicle, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The information office, which is opposed to the Assad-led Government, said that the detonation of the second vehicle caused the casualties.
Dozens of members of the Syrian security forces were killed today when two cars loaded with explosives drove into a military camp in the southern town of Deraa, in what appeared to be a double suicide attack, activists told Reuters.